Stream 'EM - Fantasy Football Week 1 Options
It’s finally here. We made it. We survived the NFL off-season. How desperate was I for fantasy football week 1? I played DFS baseball, golf, and tennis in the off-season. Fantasy TENNIS. That is not a typo. Thank God football, and subsequently, Fantasy Football is back.
Now for those who are new to Stars and Scrubs fantasy football, I break down the main Sunday slate of DFS using DraftKings pricing and positions. I play Fanduel as well, but the prices may slightly differ –– what may be a deal on one platform may not be priced the same on the other. However, most of the time, the deviation is not wide on player price tags. Let’s get into our fantasy football streamers for the week!
DraftKings Fantasy Football Sunday Slate
QB: Lamar Jackson @ MIA ($6,000)
All aboard the Lamar Jackson train! I have more Lamar stock than a finance bro when Bitcoin exploded. I think that while his passing limitations are real, his legs and speed are also real. He has had a full off-season as the Ravens starting QB, and they have designed the offense to suit his skill set.
I expect big things from him on the season as a whole. This week, however, I am even more bullish on Lamar Jackson. He faces a Miami Dolphin team that is in full tank mode. They are just begging teams to beat them so they can tank for better picks. I think Lamar Jackson and the Ravens are happy to oblige. At the price point, and for the upside, Lamar is a great pick out of the gate in Week 1.
RB: Chris Carson vs. CIN ($5,700)
I promise I’m not being a homer with this pick. It’s just that I know the Seahawks and what they want to do. They want to run the ball. They were top 5 in the league last year in run plays, and they are very thin at wide receiver to start the season. The final three games of the regular season last year Chris Carson’s fantasy points by week were: 29.8, 26.6, and 22.9. That’s pretty solid, especially considering reports that they were involving him in the passing game more. Some easy PPR points from backfield receptions can increase those already excellent numbers.
There are also 8-10 touches per game up for grabs with the departure of Mike Davis. Even if Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny split those touches, that’s still an increase for a guy who is the lead back on a team that is already incredibly run-heavy. Volume. Volume. Volume. One of the magic words in fantasy football. I expect Seattle to be leading in the second half against a Bengals team without A.J. Green, and Chris Carson is priced below Leonard Fournette and Derrick Henry. I would much rather have Chris Carson for the price tag.
WR: Dede Westbrook vs. KC ($4,800)
“Dede, do you love me…” (the answer is yes, I do).
Drake jokes aside, Dede Westbrook is being undervalued Week 1 in what is sure to a shootout between the Jags and Chiefs. While the Jags would love the offense to run through Fournette, I don’t think they will be able to dictate that against Mahomes and the high-powered Chiefs offense. They will need Nick Foles to sling it. He and Dede Westbrook showed great chemistry in the preseason.
The news came out that new Jags offensive coordinator John DeFilippo called Dede Westbrook the best route runner he’s ever been around. For reference, DeFilippo was last with the Vikings who have Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. That’s pretty high praise. I’ll take a top wideout at a bargain price tag. Thank you very much.
TE: Evan Engram @ DAL ($4,800)
Listen, if you want to pay up for one of the Holy Trinity of tight ends (Kelce, Ertz, or Kittle) I get it. The tight end position is a hard one to predict in fantasy football. Not a lot of elite tight ends who get a big target share in their offense consistently. Volume is the reason for my pick of Evan Engram this week, though. With no Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard just coming back from a thumb injury, and the Dallas defense stacking the box against Saquon Barkley, it creates the perfect storm for Evan Engram.
In each of the final four games of last season, Evan Engram had 75 receiving yards or more AND double-digit fantasy points. He is a unique talent and will serve as a safety blanket for Eli. His price tag and upside are reasons to swing big on him balling out Week 1. Volume doesn’t always lead to huge fantasy football point totals, but it is sure a good place to start.
Good luck! Here's to hoping your fantasy football players ball out and you cash out.